Grateful Dead Live at Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University on 1973-02-09
d1-The Promised Land
d1-Black Throated Wind
d1-Me And My Uncle
d1-Looks Like Rain
d1-Beer Barrel Polka
d1-Brown Eyed Women
d1-Here Comes Sunshine
d2-Playing In The Band
d2-Wavy Gravy chatter
d2-China Cat Sunflower >>
d2-I Know You Rider
d2-They Love Each Other
d2-Eyes Of The World >>
d2-China Doll 6:00
d3-Ramble On Rose
d3-Box Of Rain
d3-Wave That Flag
d3-Uncle John's Band
d3-Around And Around
Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha, by email@example.com on September 3, 2002.
The many fades were done previously, by others.
From the original text file:
MR 2 Track Reel > 7.5 IPS 1/4 tack dolby B reel > DAT > Sonic Solutions > CDR
Some cuts between tracks
Note that there were many technical failures during this show including loss of all tweeters on the first note of "Promised". "Casey Jones" has alot of distortion.
Subject: Not Wall of Sound, but one of the "history shows"
Just FYI, the Wall of Sound was '74 (partially tested at the Cow Palace 3/23/74 and first loaded and scaffolded in Reno 5/12/74). This was the premier of the then-new Alembic system, which was so difficult and time-consuming to set up, that Owsley replaced it with a system that was more difficult and time-consuming to set up, was too expensive to transport and delayed shows. The Alembic PA was similar in that it didn't have line array stacks, instead using the forward-facing PA as the monitors (Alembic cabinets with a more horizontal array, sans the scaffolding - as you can see in '73 pix), and also tried separation of voicing via Macintosh groups (though not six like the Wall of Sound).
The 1st show of '73 was in Stanford's basketball arena (across the street from the Frost Amphitheater and "Bong concert hall") and the only time they played here (the floor was so spongy and problematic it actually injured athletes), which is why they didn't play Stanford in winter again (the Frost being outdoors). Even though the band originated here (in off-campus Palo Alto), it would be 9 years before they played Stanford again. But then they played the Frost 14 times in '82-'89. The Mapes is one of those legendary shows that was very commonly traded, and possibly the only '73 in your collection (in the days of magnetic tape racked inside a plastic shell - seems we all had this one). It came just 6 days before the equally-discussed (and superior) Madison show. My copy was no fucking Bertha master! It was all air and poor pitch.
The "history" shows aren't usually all that. This one has the 1st ever: Row Jimmy, Loose Lucy, Here Comes Sunshine, They Love Each Other, Eyes of the World, China Doll and Wave that Flag. The only other time that many songs were introduced was 2/18/71 Portchester. Jers tone was great with his Strat. Strats are considered "clean" but listen to how his tones are fatter than usual. The show is like a band practice session - Bobby admits as much at one point. If you're rooting around winter '73, you want to start with 2/15. If you want GOOD '73, go to the end of the year: 11/11, 11/14, 11/17, Boston run, San Diego.
First Set. The 1st set has new songs and takes chances but isn't one of the top sets of '73. It's more interesting for those that like the historical stuff/curiosity factor. Although Jer plays ready and active, there's a bit of a warm-up - never mind that every tweeter blew at the start of the song leaving a limited spectrum. The 1st Row Jimmy has a nice tempo and Billy plays it punchy with a double bass drum beat that was monotonous until it evolved. The first they gel is for a snarly, funky Deal. Me & My Uncle - now they're in the groove, but the buggy sound is frustrating. Sugaree was, actually, still evolving and IMO got much better in the late '70s. Looks Like Rain is a good version but there are better '73s. Dig the early arrangement for Loose Lucy - better? Maybe, but there's a lot of strumming and not knowing where to go. A funny thing about Beer Barrel Polka: in his book Billy talks about hating the military march beat after growing up a few blocks from here (next to a military schools' drilling field). A good version for the trainspotters that go for such Funuculi ephemera. The rest is average '73. They played El Paso 67 times in '73 (including IN El Paso). Here Comes Sunshine isn't quite what it became (11/30, 12/19).
Second Set. The set starts below-average on the details and though they were in the right rhythmic mood to break out They Love Each Other, it's not 11/30 or 12/1. The remarkable one is the 1st Eyes of the World, played astonishingly well and for 18 minutes! It's all packed and ready to use as a jam vehicle (after this one-off arrangement they would use another key in the jam). They started playing it every freaking night but kept Dark Star too. It's a unique version - they go in and out of these different jam sections. Another nailed 1st-timer, China Doll also plays back with Bill's plodding kick which works here, adding a perfect punch usually lacking (he just had to keep it up until the right song came along!) The harmonies were never better. Bobby loses the thread in Big River but Jer's happy to whittle. Ramble On Rose is taut, strung along with a good counter-balanced, teetering solo. '73 was the biggest year for Box Of Rain but this isn't one of the top ones, wobbling close to wreckage (though the vox were good in '73). Wave That Flag is still embryonic before the verse rewrite (it was pulled from June '73 to Feb '74) - are some of these lyrics one-offs? Sugar Magnolia - yup, that's the way Bobby played it in '73. Though there are dozens, this is up there (the way he walks up @3:45 - 3:50) and there's no Bobby-hoarse-screaming or Donna squelch™. That should have been it but there's more - a great Uncle John's Band. I love it when Jer's solo sequences are inverted; either way this is letter-perfect. Around & Around finds the '73 groove. Check @2:38 how he's ahead of the key change and lifts it up into place. Bobby didn't always do these verse fills on Casey Jones (though it's otherwise average).
1st Set: C
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3 Stars
Deal - But isn't it usually good?
Eyes of the World - A unique, entertaining version
China Doll - Also unique; punchy, tight
Sugar Magnolia - Great example of '73 SugarMag
Uncle John's Band- Pulled-off pat
Around & Around - rave-up party version
SOURCES: Surprisingly there's no Miller; but there is a Bertha so there! (the ashley.12571 sounds best). The are no Auds for gap-patching. See rshannon (below) for wonderful back-story.
Subject: Kick baby
Subject: 1973...five big ones...
Subject: What a Classic!
Love the comments from all the attendees too; so cool to add all that flavor to an already legendary historical performance.
Amazing sound, songs, effort and energy here.
Subject: Blast from the past
Subject: What did Wavy ever do to you?
Honestly--I will listen to a Jay Ashley upload over a Charlie Miller source, every time. Bertha has it going on........so does Charlie, obviously. But, if i had to choose....
The show?? Statements just seem vain at last......this one walks and talks all on it's own if you give it the time.
Subject: : HalfStep>N>H is a clown shoe wearing know nothing
that said- great pull. have a board of this now but this was one of my first tapes so I still love an audience rec.
First eyes China Doll, Here Comes Sunshine, Loose Lucy,They Love Each Other, Row Jimmy and Wave That Flag.
Subject: Wavy Gravy is an Idiot
love early 70's sets with all these great tunes.
Here comes sunshine is beautiful here. Very Crisp
Subject: Typically great 73 show
I came to the realization while listening to this show that I actually prefer the lyrics to Wave the Flag over US Blues!
Subject: a lot to like
great historic value.
only negative is off-key backup vocals. for example, Eyes of the World and China Doll. Bob was usually on-key. Donna gets criticized a lot, but I think she was generally pretty good about being on key. Hate to say it, but Phil sang some sour harmonies. Or maybe it was Donna, unconfortable with new sound.
As somebody pointed out, Jerry's tone was always awesome. This is hard to achieve. It wasn't the custom guitars because he had it in his strat and SG days. I think he knew electronics and amps.
UPDATE: OMG just heard a horrible rhythm glitch in the end of Ramble On Rose. Never noticed it before. Sounds like a band f-up rather than a tape f-up. Oh well. Doesn't change my rating.
Subject: This show spoiled me for any other
Subject: THE FARM
Subject: Still the best GD show
But after learning this was one of his last shows with the strat, I'm may have to rethink.
Also, does anyone have the tape where Bobby talks about the 40 foot cockroach??? This banter really needs to get added back.
Subject: So sweet!
Subject: if time travel were possible
Subject: Greatest Big River (ever)
During an interview in the late '80s, Jerry was asked if there were any songs he was really sick of playing. "If I never had to play Big River again I'd be OK with that."
Well...behold the best version they ever did -- even if they miss the ending and take it around to the chorus an extra time. This is a barnburner and a supreme highpoint from Jerry’s "Alligator" Strat era (and oh the tone through that Wall of Sound) prior to the delivery of Doug Irwin’s "Wolf" guitar a couple of months later.
Likewise, Bobby's counter-rhythm was never better either.
Subject: First Kiss
Subject: GD at Maples Pavilion
The basketball floor's foundation framing was made of a crisscross wood lattice, designed to allow a normally almost imperceptible little bounce to protect athletes. However, when the concert crowd got bouncing up and down in unison, the springy floor moved up and down several inches per beat, which, uh, it wasn't designed to do. :-) Walking through the crowd was also challenging under those conditions. Miraculously, I don't believe there was any permanent damage to the floor.
The gig also marked the first production use of the GD's new sound system. During setup (which required two full days) a team of some German (Swiss?) sound engineers in royal blue blazers had a rolling table covered with recording and paper roll graph printing gear. They played high vol. white noise through the speaker stacks for hours at a time, as they went all over the hall testing full spectrum response to tune the system. Eventually, it sounded super.
It's great to find this here. Brings back these and many more memories. Thanks.
Subject: wavy gravy
fun show...one of my favorite china-riders...weir really kicks it
it's amazing how great these '1st time' songs sound, like they had been in the rotation for years
Subject: Oh My!
Subject: This show
Subject: Love these long sets
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 9, 1973, at the Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.
I concur with Sir-Mix-Alot. I think this version is the best "sounding" of all the "copies" on the IA, at least it sounds the best in headphones.
I highly recommend using your 10 band EQ in your Windows Media Player during playback to get the best sound, and maybe even kick in the SRS WOW Effects for that added richness.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Well produced and rehearsed the GRATEFUL DEAD set out to conquer their destiny as plutocrats. There was no looking back, the future called. Bigger was better, it was the way it was back then.
I wonder why no school ever produced a band like the GRATEFUL DEAD? I can guess...
Here's one way to download this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
For easy streaming or downloading use RealPlayer. Click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.
Subject: Audible Quirks And All
As it was a tremendous honor to be a participant.
It is a tremendous honor to participate,
Just One More Time.
Six new songs advertised as "All New Stuff"
And an all new P.A. system, hence
The Working Out The Bugs of the Wall of Sound.
To compensate, the boys (and girl) play their hearts out.
If it were available this show would merit a 10 rating if for nothing else than historical splendor...
On a dark and windblown rainy Friday night
At Stanford's new gym.
The first and final GD concert at this venue. Bill Graham had to pay to have the floor re-done for all the burn holes and the GD were never asked back by the university or requested to return by BGP.
Too bad, really, this was a perfect venue for the GD. It was much more sonically appealing than Winterland and much more accessible if you were arriving from afar.
And if you were there that night you exited more than 80 miles high.
Nun The Less,
Subject: Best sounding 2-9-1973!
Subject: pretty sexy